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Incentive Zoning Update

Public open space is one of the benefits that are encouraged by incentive zoning.
Incentive zoning requires property owners to provide public benefits, such as affordable housing, open space, or historic preservation, to achieve their site's full building potential.

What’s Happening Now?

Incentive zoning is a set of requirements that property owners in certain zones must meet to achieve the full potential of their building site. Property owners are required to provide public benefits, such as affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space, in exchange for larger buildings.

The City started  a comprehensive, city-wide update of the incentive zoning requirements in late 2013. However, this effort was then integrated into the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Information on process and products for HALA will be available on their web page.

Project Benefits

  • More public benefits, such as affordable housing or open space, throughout Seattle
  • Increased number of developers that use the incentive zoning program and provide public benefits
  • More consistent regulations that are easier to understand

The End Result

Our update is intended to create consistent, city-wide incentive zoning rules that encourages developers to use the program and to provide substantial public benefits as well as considering new approaches to mitigating the needs created by growth.

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